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Established in 1927, Kawai is now one of the largest music manufacturers in the world. Kawai focus only on creating high quality acoustic and digital pianos and have produced some of the most famous concert grand pianos in the world, such as the Shigeru Kawai EX and Shigeru Kawai SK-5. In creating their range of digital pianos, Kawai make use of this expertise to replicate as closely as possible the experience of playing an acoustic grand piano. Kawai pioneered the use of wooden key components in digital pianos and continue to innovate for an ever more authentic piano playing experience.
Harmonic Imaging® Sound Technology
The Kawai ES8 Digital Piano comes equipped with proprietary Harmonic Imaging® technology, capturing the beautiful sound of Kawai's highly acclaimed SK-EX, SK-5 and EX grand pianos; with all 88 keys meticulously recorded, analysed and faithfully reproduced. Accurately recreating the broad dynamic range of the original grand piano, this technology provides you with an unparalleled level of expressiveness ranging from the softest pianissimo to the strongest fortissimo.
Responsive Hammer III with IvoryTouch and Let-Off Simulation
The ES8's Responsive Hammer III keyboard action faithfully recreates the distinctive touch of an acoustic grand piano, with realistic movement and accurate 3-sensor technology providing a smooth, natural and expressive playing experience. The weight of the keyboard is appropriately graded to mirror the heavier bass hammers and lighter treble hammers of an acoustic piano, while structural reinforcements within the action assembly ensure greater stability during both fortissimo and staccato passages. The Responsive Hammer III keyboard action also reproduces the subtle let-off sensation felt when playing the keys of a grand piano very softly, enhancing delicate pianissimo playing to satisfy the expectations of even the most discerning pianists. The finely textured IvoryTouch gently absorbs surface moisture to assist playing control, while the natural matt finish ensures a smooth but not slippery surface.
Virtual Technician Technology
The ES8 also features Kawai's innovative Virtual Technician technology, which allows you to shape the tonal characteristics of your sound to suit your needs. This feature offers various adjustable settings including voicing and regulation; string and damper resonances; subtle hammer and key release noises, and even the precise tuning and volume of individual notes. With the ability to store personalised instrument configurations to memory, the Virtual Technician feature enables you to customise the instrument to achieve the piano sound you've always dreamed of.
Professional Accompaniment Styles
Featuring a variety of styles ranging from pop to rock ballads, to jazz-funk, dance and latin, the Rhythm Section of the ES8 digital piano provides solo performers with professionally arranged backing accompaniment at the touch of a button. In addition, the 100 preset chord progressions and One Finger Ad-lib™ solo phrases allow musicians to breathe life into their repertoire, while maintaining control over each performance.
Kawai 5 Year Warranty
As an expression of the confidence Kawai have in the design and manufacturing of their instruments, they offer a 5-year warranty for parts and labour with all their newly released digital pianos (only available in the UK).
- Width: 1362mm
- Depth: 361mm
- Height: 149mm
- Speakers: 8x12cm x 2 with Bass-Reflex
- Weight: 22.5KG
- Keys: 88
- Sound Source: Harmonic Imaging XL
- Action: Responsive Hammer III
- Key Tops: Ivory Touch
- Feel: Triple Sensor System
Sounds & Effects
- Polyphony: 256 Maximum
- Reverb: Room, Lounge, Small Hall, Concert Hall, Live Hall, Cathedral
- Reverb Parameters: Reverb Depth, Reverb Time
- Virtual Technician: 14 Parameters
- Effects: Stereo Delay, Ping Delay, Triple Delay, Chorus, Classic Chorus, Tremolo, Classic Tremolo, Auto Pan, Classic Auto Pan, Phaser, Rotary
- E-Piano: 4
- Organ: 4
- Harpsichord/Mallet: 4
- Strings/Choir: 8
- Bass: 4
- USB Playback: MP3, WAV, SMF
- USB Recording: MP3, WAV
- Keyboard Modes: Dual Mode, Split Mode
- Touch Curves: Light, Normal, Heavy, Off, User
- Internal Recorder: 10 Songs, 2 Tracks, 90,000 Maximum Notes
- Piano Music: 29
- Metronome Signatures: 1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 3/8, 6/8, 7/8, 9/8, 12/8
- Metronome Tempo Range: 10-400 BPM
- Display: 16 x 2 Character LCD
- Pedals: F10H Sustain Pedal with Half-Damper
- Output Power: 15 Watt x 2
- Line In: Stereo
- Line Out: L/MONO, R
- USB Jacks: 1 to Host, 1 USB to Device
- Headphone Jacks: 2
- Pedal: 1
- MIDI In/Out: 1
- Finish: Satin Black
Standard Courier Delivery
When you add this product to your shopping basket, you will be provided with our standard courier delivery option. This will deliver the piano to the ground floor of your house or building. Please note that if there is not a ground floor entrance we may not be able to deliver there. You may also need to help the delivery driver as this product comes packaged in large boxes.
This option may not be suitable if you are unable to help the driver if required, or if you need the piano delivering upstairs. Please consider whether this is the most appropriate delivery service for you, as other delivery options are available at an additional cost.
2 Man Delivery Service
If you select this option, two delivery personnel will deliver the piano boxes to any ground floor room of your choice, rather than just your front door. Please note that this service will take a few days longer than the standard courier service and the courier company will call you to arrange a convenient delivery date after you have placed the order.
If you would prefer a delivery and installation service please contact our sales team on 0330 365 4444 who will be happy to set up a quotation for you.